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Deco prefers Libertadores to Champions League medals

Brazil,Sports, Thu, 19 Apr 2012 IANS

Rio de Janeiro, April 19 (IANS) Star midfielder Deco says he would swap his Champions League winners' medals for a Copa Libertadores triumph with Brazilian club Fluminense.


When asked what he would give to be part of a winning Copa Libertadores team, the 34-year-old replied: "Both Champions League medals."


"The Libertadores is huge and gives me the chance to face the best players in South America. I was even able to play in a mythical stadium like the Bombonera," Deco told



Deco, who won the Champions League with Porto in 2004 and again with Barcelona two years later, is hoping to create a unique place in history by winning both Europe and South America's elite club competitions.


Deco's dream moved a step closer when Fluminense defeated Argentina's Arsenal 2-1 in Buenos Aires.


The Rio de Janeiro club are now guaranteed to play the second leg of each of their knockout phase matches at home, having qualified as the top-ranked team after the group stage.


Deco, having won top-flight league trophies in Portugal, England, Spain and Brazil, says he has no regrets about his time in Europe.


"Everything eventually comes to an end in football and I don't think that players can go on forever," he said.


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